I resemble that remark, I have a 2010 TCH Camry now for 3 years, a hybrid to boot, NOT one mind ya, NOT 1 problem or failure to date..
But I bet if you went on the Camry forum, you'd find a whole litany of problems that people are having.
WooHoo!!! Ordered a loaded Deep GXP on March 19th, 2008. Order number 0814D93708
Event code 3400 on April 12, 2008
Born April 30, 2008 (VIN 1G2MF35X58Y130283)
Delivered to dealer May 23th, 2008
Delivered on May 27, 2008
Mods: lose the chicklets, VentureShield, Dual horns, AfterShock spoiler, Weathershield cover, Lil Chromies, Red calipers with black Solstice stickers, Opel GT antenna and Solo GXP-RCD exhaust with Solo hi-flow cat!
Location: Still BellaVerde, But Now In Archer Lodge, NC
Generic name for the Sky/Solstice platforms during its development. Kappa is some funny greek letter or something. Any GM dealer CAN do the work. Finding a good one that cares more about customers than pushing metal is the hard part.
Envious, NEW Lightsidetop, N/A, VIN # 1G2MB35B97Y114344
Oh yeah, Steel/Sand interior. Added K&N filter. Vent tube r/r @ 2850 mi. WindRestrictor added 12/12/06. Added high-tone horn. Painted engine cover. ECM retune 6/15/10. Added Vandesign B/U lite covers 12/07. Re-replaced seal due to recall 27570 mi. DDMProBeam added 7/2/08. Envious Emblem overlays. Kappasphere rear deck rack. DDM tunnel plate added 4/22/09. Solo Exhaust system, lit sills and HID conversion 5/1/10.
Kappa is Greek for "K" and as Bella stated was the "code name" for the Solstice/Sky/Opel GT during development at GM.
As for the dealer question - Bella hit it again. I believe GM will steer you toward a Buick/GMC dealer but I don't know if that is to just "balance" the workload among dealers. Finding a good one that will listen to you is paramount.
To better appreciate the concept to production story in 18 months;
The Solstice Book (Gary Wizenburg).
My 2 cents, in a few years folks will be looking/wanting GXPs, manuals. Mainly because manufacturers will say offering manuals is getting more and more difficult to make a business case for (along with direct shift gear (DSG) becoming more accepted). Exception may/will be the traditional, premium, performance car crowd.
Note; above statement isn't about value as much as the continuing market decline for manuals. Similar to the decline of convertible in the 70s, 80s. Then when the public demanded them again the auto industry (pounced on it) used it as an opportunity to charge an additional premium for them.
__________________ GM: No entry-level, RWD, 2-seat, sports car = product portfolio gap. GM resurrect KAPPA from retirement!
Kappa was General Motors' subcompact rear-wheel drive automobile platform for roadster applications. The architecture debuted in the 2006 Pontiac Solstice and 2007 Saturn Sky, and ended production in 2009.
Kappa uses an independent suspension, short-long arm type, in front and rear. The Ecotec Family II engine is widely used, as is a 5-speed manual transmission. A 5-speed automatic has been available since January 2006.
Rob the Elder
Green Dragon's chief mechanic
Carol's husband for 45 years
If people have second thoughts about buying a Solstice,
they really shouldn't get one.
After all that folks here went through waiting for their cars a few years ago
it's most amusing seeing potential owners sitting on the fence.
on both! I waited well over a year for my Sky RL.....I looked seriously at the Solstice but really wanted the Sky RL, so I waited and waited... and if I had it to do all over again, I'd still do it again ... in a heart beat!
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